01 Apr '11, 12am

Coal plants don’t create the jobs they promise, study finds

Coal plants don’t create the jobs they promise, study finds Posted 31 Mar 2011 4:28 PM by David Roberts Coal-fired power plants sicken and kill tens of thousands of Americans every year , especially those (generally low-income, often minority) Americans who have the misfortune of living near them. So why would any community allow a coal plant to be built in its midst? Indeed, why would communities pay enormous amounts of money in bribes development assistance for the privilege? Simple: jobs. Lots of these communities are suffering from blight and high unemployment. They are desperate. And developers play on that desperation with promises of jobs. It may sicken your children, but at least you’ll be able to afford their medicine! But do those promises come true? According to a new study from the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies , not so much. Ochs researchers dove in and...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/coal/2011-03-31-coal-plants-dont-cre...

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